Periodontal Treatment in Rego Park

What is gum disease?

Unfortunately the strength of your teeth is only as good as the bone that is holding and supporting them. Strong and healthy teeth can be lost if your gum and the bone have weakened due to gum disease. Gum disease is periodontal disease and unfortunately affects the health of your teeth and can worsen without any pain or discomfort.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by bacterial infection that has been by a built up of plaque that has remained untouched. As a result it produces toxic by-produtcs that then cause infection to the gum and bone.

What other factors contribute to gum disease?

Anything that causes plaque to be trapped on or between the teeth is a contributing factor. Also dental work that has not been fitted properly, or teeth that are crowded can also be a problem. We must also not forget about hereditary problems such as diet, stress and smoking.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Receding gums, bad breath and bleeding are obvious signs. Swolllen or tender gums, a change in bite or loose teeth may also alert you to signs of gum disease.

In what ways can gum disease be controlled?

Regular cleaning at the dentist will be the first step. The dentists will remove plaque and tartar (calculus ) that has built up and then the dentist will do deep wall scaling. This will mean he will scrape down below the gumline.

How Is gum disease treated?

The gum disease must be treated and all contributing factors must be addressed at the same time. This will mean deep wall scaling, root planing, possible gum surgery and even laser gum treatment.

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Bleeding gums are an indication of more serious problems than you may think. There are different causes of bleeding gums but the most serious condition of periodontal disease is the most common. It would be a mistake to think that a small amount of blood is harmless. This is a sign that there are harmful bacterial in your mouth and that you need to take measures to protect your overall health. Bleeding gums is the first sign of the progression of gum disease. From the beginning when gingivitus sets in there are a number of symptoms that become obvious. These can include:

  • Swelling of gum tissue.
  • Soreness in the gums.
  • A feeling of a change in bite.
  • Possible looseness of teeth.
  • Receding Gums.

Early diagnosis is important in the case of gum disease and treatment must be started immediately as further complcations can affect your overall health. Bleeding that happens during blushing, or the swelling of irritated gums are not just an isolated condition. It can cause harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Furthermore, this can cause the bacteria to travel through the digestive tract. This can cause complications with digestive issues, respiratory disease, heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

We would advise any patient or potential patient that is experiencing any of the above symptoms to come and see us immediately and we quickly start a proactive course of action. You must continue brushing your teeth twice and day and continue flossing. It is vital to see your dentist immediately if you have bleeding gums.

GUM GRAFTING - (gingival graft)

In severe cases of receding gums the dentist will perform what is known as a gingival graft. This involves removing soft tissue from the roof of the mouth. This is a fairly complicated process and is best avoided.
Taking proper care of your teeth through regular brushing and flossing will help you to maintain healthy gums.

Why treat gum recession?

Aggressive tooth brushing and periodontal disease are two primary causes for recession, which can lead to the following:

  • unattractive smile
  • root sensitivity
  • loss of supporting bone
  • tooth decay
  • plaque build-up
  • risk of future recession

If you believe you have gum disease and it is giving you cause for concern please call our office on 718-779-2242 and make an appointment with Dr Pinchas to discuss your options.